Canada XI lose yet again on India tour
Thu, Nov 25, 2010 11:06 AM
Hiral Patel continued his good form on the India tour
A depleted Canada XI side lost its second straight match to a spirited Chhattissgargh XI by 34 runs on Tuesday at Raipur as they continued to build for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Harvir Baidwan (4-53) and Hiral Patel (107 from 113 balls) led the way for Canada XI in this high scoring affair.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Chhattissgarh XI ammased a heafty 331 for 8 in 50 overs behind a spectacular innings by Madhya Pradesh Ranji all-rounder Harpreet Singh. The stylish and hard hitting left hander batted superbly knocking 122 runs from 170 balls including 12 fours, and 2 sixes, building a key partnership with Prakar Roy (62).
Hiral Patel (107 from 113 balls) led the Canada XI reply scoring his maiden century and dominated Chhattisgarh XI bowlers to the delight of the crowd that grew as the match progressed. Key batting contributions from Tyson Gordon (33) and Karl Watham (40 not out) put Canada within reach, however the dwindling light of the early Raipur evening made the conditions difficult and in the end, the visitors in red fell 34 runs short of the target.
Canada XI coach Pubudu Dassanayke was upbeat about the performance of his young side.
"Of course we'd like to have won our first two matches here in Raipur, but we're seeing some excellent competition for the vacant spots on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 roster. We've had centuries from both Hiral (Patel) and Ruvindu (Gunasekera) who were both key members of Canada's ICC U19 CWC squad, and a couple of solid innings from Nitish (Kumar).
"It has been a challenge in these conditions where very little assitance is offered to the bowlers. This is what we will face in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, and we're making good progress match by match," Dassanayake was quoted as saying on the official website of Cricket Canada.
Canada XI will complete their stay in Raipur with a match on the 25 November before heading to Nagpur for the next leg of the training tour.